American killed in helicopter crash at Bahamas resort

By REUTERS
November 23, 2012 04:28

NASSAU - One American was killed and as many as four people were injured after a helicopter crashed near an exclusive resort in the Bahamas on Thursday afternoon, according to local police.

The helicopter went down at Baker's Bay Golf and Ocean Club on Great Guana Cay in the Abacos island chain, according to Superintendent Noel Curry at the Marsh Harbour police station.

The helicopter was attempting to land when it was buffeted by a wind gust and the pilot lost control, according to the Nassau Guardian newspaper.

Eyewitnesses said the helicopter's rotor blades hit the ground near the Baker's Bay townhomes, and three passengers were flung from the chopper. The co-pilot was killed by the blades, and the pilot suffered major injuries. The three passengers have all been flown back to the United States by private jet.

The Bahamian Minister of Transport and Aviation, Glenys Hanna-Martin, said a full investigation into the crash was being launched.


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